Posted on July 5, 2018 by Admin under Street Photography

Some street photography from 6 years ago all made with an iPhone

Landscape Photographers beware of Hogweed

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Admin under Operational Extras, RED Zone

Giant Hogweed is found in the UK, easily confused with other common plants, but this one burns and blinds – beware

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Apple to block common method used by police to access iPhone

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Admin under RED Zone, Uncategorized

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Cameras And Lenses What The Best Won’t Do!

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Admin under Documentary Photography, FAQ, Reportage Photography, Street Photography, Tech

I am so tired of hearing about this cameras or lens is better than that lens and “deal breakers” because one body lacks a certain feature over another body, normally a different make and therefore obviously not a fan of the brand anyway

The thing is cameras and lenses today are just so much better than what they were.  Heck, I started out using manual focus only lenses to do sports with and an autowinder that gave two frames a second.
What is lacking today is the skills needed to make the most of the cameras and lenses, as not everything can be photographed in AUTO this or that mode and knowing how to do things manually is a big help for problem-solving and creativity.

Am I happy with my Two-year-old digital cameras and lenses heck yes, and I am lucky that I could afford them but it’s not the camera or lenses, it’s me who creates and I need the camera and lens to get out of the way, not hinder me? If I have one complaint about my camera is there are too many buttons and dials, function buttons that can customize how I want, Focus modes, AF modes, Photometry modes Burst modes to name a few and don’t even let me go into what is in the pages of a menu.  Just once in a while, it would be nice to be able to turn all these off – and go back to being a camera with Shutter speed, ISO dial and of course aperture settings on the lens, what bliss…

In short, the Photograph/Picture should be more important than your camera or lens, think about that…

As exemplified in this video from the ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Every famous photograph was made with a camera less advanced than the one you are using now

Ansel Adams didn't have gear as advanced as what we have now. Neither did Henri Cartier-Bresson

What is Operational Extras?

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Admin under Operational Extras

Operational Extras for photographers

Operational Extras

The place for all the photography related – non-photography stuff.

Where bad EXPOSURE doesn’t mean a poor picture but a near to death condition affecting your body while you were trying to get that photograph!

The stuff you should carry in your camera bag, but no one ever shows you in a review or mentions.

The skills you need to stalk an ant or field dress a worm, track a hedgehog, be a tree and how to be invisible

The difference between bushcraft, survival, and wild camping, environmental responsibility, LNT. How to do it all, and should photographers do it or even care?

How do you boost creativity, be at the right place at the right time or book the weather you want for your shoot?

What is the RED Zone?

Posted on by Admin under RED Zone

The Red Zone:

Dangers on the urban streets, theft, mugging, knife attacks, hugs and kisses.

Protests, hostile environments, anti-surveillance, counter surveillance and surveillance. Escape – Evade

Medic matters

In short I take a behind the scenes look at how to get the photo

Father Sky

Posted on by Admin under Documentary Photography, Father Sky - Mother Earth, Typical English Village

Rainbow strikes “The Land” at Little Eaton Derbyshire

Father Sky’s Rainbow strikes at The Land

The Land is currently a place in the village where Earth Wisdom is practised, drawn from many traditions including Druidism, Psychotherapy, Music Dance and Body Work

Is Stephen Shore the Most Influential Photographer of the 20th Century? – VICE

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Admin under Uncategorized

The Photobucket Debacle Shows Us the Danger of Relying on Free Services | Fstoppers

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Admin under Business

There’s plenty to be upset about here: the somewhat ridiculous price Photobucket is charging for their hosting service, the complete lack of communication to users who have relied on the service for years, the fact that migrating to a different service is a huge pain that won’t fix all of your links. Take your pick. Some people are even going so far as to call Photobucket’s new policy “ransomware” (spoiler alert: it’s not) and claiming that the image hosting company’s policy change is illegal (second spoiler alert: also not). What everyone should really take away from this is the inherent danger that comes with relying on a free service for anything in your life, let alone for things you need to conduct your business.

So yeah, this sucks for people who rely on Photobucket for hosting all of their images for free. People are upset to say the least and at a price of $399 a year for 3rd party hosting.

Source: The Photobucket Debacle Shows Us the Danger of Relying on Free Services | Fstoppers

Not Happy at the 1%

Posted on November 15, 2011 by Gary Austin under Crime & Corruption, Documentary Photography, Social Issues
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A brief walk around Derby and I saw this window, obviously attacked from a previous night and all I thought of was the Occupy movement and a message to the 1%

A Gucci advert in an opticians window is damaged - documentary Photography

A Gucci advert behind an opticians window which has been damaged - Gary Austin Documentary Photographer


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